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Super Bowl LV 2021 halftime show: who is performing? Artists and line up

After Jennifer Lopez and Shakira wowed the crowd in 2020 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Sunday's Super Bowl half-time show in Tampa Bay will feature The Weeknd.

Super Bowl LV 2021 halftime show: who is performing? Artists and line up
Perry Knotts USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday night, Canadian artist Abel Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd will join a distinguished list of musicians such as: Chubby Checker, Boyz II Men, Diana Ross, Aerosmith, Shania Twain, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, and Lady Gaga who have all performed at Super Bowl finals over the years.

The Weeknd, who is known for pushing the limits of creativity in his performances maintained that his Super Bowl halftime gig will continue to follow a story he's been telling but in a more family-friendly way with the artist spending 5.7 million euro of his own money on creating a set "as he imagined".

The Canadian singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has performed recently with his face covered in bandages and released gory videos, including one in which two women come across his disembodied head as part of his performance art storyline.

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While being mostly tight-lipped about the details for his show during Sunday's NFL championship game in Tampa, Florida, The Weeknd did say it will be toned down significantly from a graphic standpoint amid rumours that Spanish star Rosalia is set to perform with the Canadian on a remix of "Blinding Lights".

"I definitely want to be respectful to the viewer at home," The Weeknd told a news conference.

"I will still incorporate some of the storyline. It's a very cohesive story I am telling throughout this era and throughout this year so the story will continue but definitely will keep it PG for the families."

The Weeknd, 30, began his recording career in 2010 and has had hits with R&B songs such as "Can't Feel My Face", "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights." He has won three Grammy Awards and nine Billboard music awards.

While most performers during the Super Bowl, which is the most watched television event of the year in the United States, spend their entire 12-minute set confined to an on-field stage, The Weeknd will also use the surrounding area.

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"Due to the covid and for the safety of the players and the workers we kind of built a stage within the stadium," he said. "We're also using the field as well but we wanted to kind of do something that we've never done before. I'm not going to tell you anything because you have to watch on Sunday."

To coincide with his Super Bowl performance on Sunday, a new 18 track "Best of" compilation was released on Friday entitled "The Highlights".